CCTV released as investigations continue into public place shooting at Prospect - Criminal Groups Squad

Thursday, 16 December 2021 12:22:23 AM

Criminal Groups Squad detectives have released CCTV footage and are appealing for public assistance as inquiries continue into the shooting of a man outside a Prospect gym last month.

About 11.35am on Monday 29 November 2021, police and emergency services were called to Rowood Road, Prospect, following reports of a public place shooting.

Police were told a number of shots were fired from a Mazda wagon at a group of four men who were approaching the front entrance of the complex, before the vehicle fled the carpark toward Blacktown Road.

One of the men, aged 33, sustained a gunshot wound to his lower right leg. The others were uninjured.

The injured man was treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics before being taken to Westmead Hospital, and has since been released.

A short time after the shooting, emergency services were called to Augusta Street, Blacktown, where the Mazda was located well alight.

Officers from Blacktown Police Area Command established crime scenes at both locations before the matter was referred to detectives from State Crime Command’s Criminal Groups Squad, who established Strike Force Parbery to investigate the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

As their inquiries continue, strike force detectives have released CCTV of a dark grey Mazda wagon, which was used to facilitate the shooting.

The depicted vehicle was stolen from the Hunters Hill area on Tuesday 5 October 2021, and detectives also wish to speak with anyone who may’ve seen anyone acting suspiciously in that area around that date.

Criminal Groups Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent Grant Taylor, said investigators are also seeking any dashcam vision which may capture the surrounding areas to where the shooting took place.

“The location of the shooting is within an industrial area and we’re hopeful truck drivers, courier workers, and other motorists may have dashcam which would be helpful to our investigations – even if it precedes the day of the shooting,” Det Supt Taylor said.

“Any dashcam owners who were in the vicinity of the Stoddard Road industrial area, as well as Flushcombe Road, Reservoir Road and Great Western Highway between 10.30am and 12.30pm that day is urged to come forward.

“We’re also confident the Mazda wagon – which was a dark, metallic colour and had distinctive black roof-racks – was travelling with other vehicles around the time of the shooting.

“Police are seeking to identify the occupants of the Mazda and the additional vehicles, so I implore you to look closely at the CCTV and contact police if you can assist our ongoing inquiries.

“These public place shootings endanger the lives of innocent members of the public, and in this instance, left bullet holes in a children’s play area where young toddlers were being cared for at the time.

“The investigation of acts of violence which put our community in danger is the highest of priority for police, and all offenders – as well as those who facilitate or assist them – will be prosecuted.” Det Supt Taylor said.

Investigations under Strike Force Parbery continue.

Anyone with information that may assist investigators is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.